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SocINDEX: What It Is and How to Use It: SocINDEX Subject Terms (Thesaurus)

Indexes the major literature in the field of sociology.

SocINDEX Subject Terms (Thesaurus)

Thesaurus--The Thesaurus indicates the official vocabulary assigned to classify the items in the database.  You can use the Thesaurus to determine what word or phrase is the official subject term or phrase used in the database.  For example, if you type the word transitions in the Thesaurus, you see that transitions is not used as a subject term.  Instead change is the term used. 

This doesn't mean that if you typed in the word transitions that you woudldn't get lots of results; instead it means that if you choose change from the Thesaurus or type change in a search box and change the field to Subject, you'll get a much more focused result of those materials where the major subject is change, not just that the word transitions was used somewhere in the article or book or report. 

The Thesaurus searches for terms ONLY in the Subject Terms field of the record.

Click on “Subject Terms” along the top of the screen. (See screen shot below).   Type the term or phrase you are looking for in the box under Browsing: Sociology Thesaurus, then click on Browse.  Your term or phrase will show up in the alphabetical list if it is used as an official subject in the database.


In this case, you will need to click on the term change to get to that term.  Once you find a term or phrase you want to search, check the box to the left of the term, then click on “Search” if you want to search just that term, or click on “Add” if you want to add that term to your other search terms. (See screen shot below.)


Checking to see if a word or phrase is listed in the Thesaurus, and how it's listed in the Thesaurus, can often be a means of focusing your search better.  


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